Aug 11, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Fir Park Stadium
Motherwell
1-3
Aberdeen
Anier (1')
FT(HT: 1-0)
McGinn (62' pen.), Reynolds (76'), McGinn (84')

Stuart McCall: "We looked a bit leg-weary"

McCall:
© PA Photos
Motherwell boss Stuart McCall says that his team tired towards the end of their Scottish Premiership defeat to Aberdeen.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall believes that his team were suffering from the effects of their midweek Europa League clash in losing 3-1 to Aberdeen this afternoon.

The Scottish side were dumped out of the Europa League by Kuban Krasnodar in Russia on Thursday.

Aden Flint gave the hosts the lead in the first minute at Fir Park, but two second-half goals from Niall McGinn and a Mark Reynolds strike saw Derek McInnes' side come out on top.

"I don't want to make any excuse but I know what it was like last season against St Mirren (following a Europa League game at Levante) when we were hanging on with 20 minutes to go," PA Sport quotes McCall as saying. "I thought, to get anything out the game, we needed to be going into the last 20 minutes ahead.

"It's only natural, you get back in your bed at seven o'clock in the morning after the flight. If you're still in there you can dog it out, but when you lose two goals like that, you could see the lift they got and we looked a bit leg-weary.

"The better team won. You can't afford to gift teams goals, especially good teams like Aberdeen who have threats all over the park."

Motherwell take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their next encounter.

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